Chikurin-ji Temple

The Chikurin-ji Temple is a Shingon Buddhist temple of the Chizan school, located on Godai-san (Mt. Godai) in Kochi City. The temple’s full formal name is Godai-san Konjiki-in Chikurin-ji. The temple was founded by the monk Gyoki in 724; it was designated by Kobo Daishi (Kukai) as one of the temples included in the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, and subsequently became known as one of the most renowned ancient temples in the Tosa region. The main object of veneration in the temple is a statue of Monju Bosatsu (the bodhisattva Manjushri), who is associated with insight and wisdom, so students often come to the temple to pray for success in their exams. Besides the main hall, the Daishi-do hall, the five-storied pagoda, and the garden (which is reputed to have been created by the master garden planner Muso Kokushi) are all worth seeing. The temple houses a considerable number of designated Important Cultural Properties.

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[Opening hours for worship] 8:00-17:00
[Scenic Garden/Treasure Museum Visit] 8:30-17:00
open everyday
[Grounds worship fee] Free [Scenic Garden/Treasure Museum Admission fee] 400yen
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Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Possible (It is possible to visit from the west entrance to the main hall. If you wish to do so, please let us know in advance.)
Infant friendly
Pet friendly
Yes (From the grounds environment maintenance point of view, please refrain from using the restroom at the grounds. Please wear a diaper or hold a baby while visiting. Also, please refrain from entering areas where moss is growing.)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • An experience like no other
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.11.04
    This experience was hard to put into words. We were in Japan from America for two weeks of business and managed to squeak in some sight-seeing. About half that time was in Kochi, which was...
  • Peaceful
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.08.10
    Had a chance to visit this temple. The grounds were beautiful with so much lush greenery. First time to see people doing their pilgrimage called Ohenro. They had pointed hats and wore white...
  • So serene
    5.0 Reviewed : 2019.06.27
    This temple is close to the Makino Botanical Gardens, so I decided to stop by and was glad I did. It is so quiet and serene, very different from temples in major cities like Tokyo and Kyoto. And the...

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